Cole McDonald fires a pitch to the plate during a University of Iowa baseball game this past spring.

A dream realized

Former New Hampton star overcomes challenges to become Astros’ draftee

This may sound strange, but Cole McDonald is adamant about it.

He would not trade the challenges thrown at him for a proverbial million dollars, for those tough times — the Tommy John surgery in 2014 or the disastrous sophomore season at the University of Iowa in 2017 — made him into the pitcher he is today.

And that pitcher is now a professional baseball player after McDonald was taken by the Houston Astros in the 15th round of the Major League Baseball draft.

For more on this story see the June 11 Tribune.

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